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Uniform illumination levels in the classroom and focused brightness on the "teaching wall" made good sense for students in Henry Ford's era. If you were training to take your place on the assembly line, you needed to focus on the work at hand and ahead to your supervisor, but the future no longer belongs to students who look only straight ahead. In a world where advanced degrees in professional disciplines are rapidly becoming a commodity, prosperity belongs to individuals with the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Lighting, Color, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Environment,...

This report was based on the responses of more than 1,000 school employees to a survey on the physical environment at their schools. Many of the responses revealed some startling building conditions, from students who have to wear coats and gloves in class to rats and mice entering classrooms through windows and cracks in walls. The report includes photographs of school conditions submitted by members of the American Federation of Teachers. The report notes that an increase in cases of asthma...
Topics: ERIC Archive, School Buildings, Physical Environment, Educational Environment, Unions, School...